Shopping For Your Baby – Is Cheaper Always Better?
When preparing for a baby, it’s normal to want everything for your baby. We make lists full of items we know the baby is going to need, and throw in a bunch of stuff we want our baby to have. When working within a budget, however, sometimes we have to cut corners and narrow down the list of items to (primarily) what the baby must have.
When living frugal is more than just a financial strategy, but more of a hobby or something you take pride in (getting the most bang for your buck), the lines can become blurred when shopping for the real deal important stuff, like baby products. So arises the question, is cheaper always better?
The first thing you should consider is what’s best for your baby. Haircare and skincare products are important to invest in, of course. These should definitely be quality products, not super cheap stuff from who knows where, but purchased from the right stores with good products. This isn’t to say you have to go for the highest priced items, but seriously, don’t go for the cheapest, either.
I cannot stress enough just how important it is to put your baby’s well-being as top priority.
Honestly, a lot of parents cut corners and either won’t purchase certain things that, whether or not the baby truly needs those things, would still benefit from them (like educational toys, baby swings, etc.). These parents opt out of making such purchases because it doesn’t fit within their budgets, but when considering what they purchase for themselves, they could afford it. For example, eating out regularly, ordering pizzas and other foods instead of making it at home, which is much cheaper. A great deal of money is often splurged on the parents, and whatever is left over ends up being spent on baby stuff. I think the opposite should be done. I think we should always put our children first, when it comes to things they need and things they could really use. I’m not saying spend all of your money buying goodies for your children, but making sure they are first.
Diapers. Trust me, you will want good ones, and the cheaper store brand ones aren’t normally as good. The reason? Things like leak guard protection and absorbent quality are often compromised with the cheapest diapers. Pampers, Huggies, and Luvs (which is actually a cheaper but still good quality diaper) are recommended. It’s worth the investment and more than just financially. Cleaning up blowouts due to poor quality diapers just isn’t worth the money or the trouble. Get the good stuff!
Furniture, cribs, and other such items need to be taken into consideration. Make sure the quality is good, and do your research on the products. What are others who bought the same items saying? What’s the customer satisfaction rating? It pays to do your research. You don’t have to pay a lot for these things, but focus more on quality and safety for your baby.
Clothes? Well, babies grow quickly, and your baby might outgrow some of his or her clothes before ever even wearing them. Look for comfortable baby clothes at bargain prices. When planning out a photo shoot for your baby, you might want to buy more expensive clothes, but be sure your baby will be able to fit into them.
Ultimately, it’s your choice what you buy for your baby and how much you spend. But *do* consider your baby’s needs and put them first.